Dr Jaya Josie

DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
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EMAIL: jjosie@hsrc.ac.za

Dr Jaya Josie is head of the HSRC BRICS Research Centre. He is an economist with 30 years experience in development economic research in public finance, fiscal policy, and intergovernmental fiscal relations targeting inequality, unemployment and poverty.

He holds a PhD in Public finance and Administration from the University of the Western Cape, and was a PhD candidate with the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He was formerly a Senior Research Manager in the HSRC?s Economic Performance & Development (EPD) unit. He led the HSRC South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT) team that prepared the BRICS Think Tank Council?s (BTTC) recommendation, ?Towards a Long Term Strategy for BRICS?, that was endorsed by the Sixth BRICS Heads of State Summit in Fortaleza Brazil in July 2014. He was the first coordinator of the Macroeconomic Research Group in 1991 (MERG), and later Executive Director of its successor, the National Institute of Economic Policy (NIEP) in South Africa. He was a director of the Development Economic Services unit at Ernst and Young, South Africa, and Commissioner, and the Deputy Chairperson of the Financial & Fiscal Commission (FFC).

has provided advice and training in Sudan, Vietnam; The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Parliament of South Africa, Nepal, Nigeria, India and Mexico. He also has led and undertaken several research projects and has published research papers and journal articles. He is a member of the Statistics Council of South Africa, and provides advice to the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) when necessary.

He is also a member of the international academic committees of the International Monetary Institute (IMI) Renmin University of China, and the Centre for Internet Finance and Innovation (CIFI), Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. He is currently involved in BRICS and G20 related research in association with BRICS counterparts and the G20 group of think tanks collectively known as the Think 20 or T20.


Bridging the digital divide: measuring digital literacy

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Bridging the digital divide: skills for the new age

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Education and skills development in the context of forced migration

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Looking beyond South Africa: the urgency of addressing inequality in BRICS

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Shifting fiscal responsibilities downstream: fiscal decentralisation and economic growth in South Africa

Fiscal decentralisation, or the shifting of some responsibilities for expenditures and/or revenues to lower levels or other spheres of government, has....